General Information

Official Language
The official language of the Convention is English.

Local Language
Hindi & English

Time
India has one time zone which covers the entire country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Weather
Monsoon winds arrive in Delhi by either the end of June or the first week of July. July is one of the most humid and wettest months of the year in India. It is hot and humid with temperature ranging from 27 – 34 degree Celsius. We recommend you carry an umbrella, water bottles etc.

Letter of Invitation
Personal letter of invitation will be sent by the Host Committee upon request to facilitate obtaining of visa for participation in the Convention.

Currency
1 Euro = 80 INR
1 USD = 70 INR
1 GBP = 90 INR
1 AUD = 50 INR
Although the above values are approximated as of current exchange rates, we recommend you visit www.xe.com to know the exact currency values, because of changes that occur frequently.

Baggage Allowance
Most domestic flights within India allow only 15 kgs of check-in baggage and 7 kgs of cabin baggage. The airlines are strict about the luggage and they will levy excess baggage charges if the baggage allowance limit is exceeded. Delhi serves as the transit point for going to any part of India.

Credit Card/ ATM / Cash

  • The cities allow you to exchange most major foreign currencies and brands of travellers' cheques, but you will widen your options and save yourself from hassles if you stick to US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
  • Credit Cards are widely accepted in all major shops and restaurants; however, it may not be accepted in small shops, so it is recommended that you carry cash.
  • ATM machines are available in the cities; it may not be available in small towns and villages. Always have enough cash with you while travelling.

Safety and Security
Follow the same rules of safety that you follow while travelling anywhere else. Use the hotel safe deposit boxes and keep travel documents safe. Make sure to keep extra photocopies of the pages of your passport.

Insurance and Liability
The Organizers are not responsible for any individual's travel, medical, or personal insurance. It is advised to secure your own insurance policies before departure from your countries. While every attempt is made to ensure efficient, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants kindly note that no liability accrues to the Organizers in the event of any necessary modifications, including change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organizers' control.

Electricity
Standard Voltage in India is 230 Volts. For convenience, you can carry a universal travel adapter. The wall sockets in India support two and three round pins.

Food and Drink
  • Please note that tap water is not safe for consumption in India. So, you are required to only drink bottled water. Most hotels and restaurants provide filtered/RO water which is safe to drink, however we recommend you stick to bottled water only.
  • We recommend you eat from hotels and restaurants that maintain good hygiene. Make sure to steer clear of uncooked or unpeeled fruits and vegetables that are served outside in the streets.
  • Curd or yoghurt is served with most Indian meals. They are considered good for digestion and it also helps to neutralize the spicy food.

During Sightseeing
  • It is a custom in India to remove your shoes before entering any holy place out of respect. Recommended to dress conservatively with full length pants and shirts.
  • Some of the temples do not allow leather articles and are not open to Non-Hindus.
  • Most of the museums in India are closed on Mondays.
  • The Taj Mahal in Agra is closed on all Fridays.
  • Avoid staying outdoors in the sun for long to not get sun burnt. Apply sunscreen on the exposed body parts and wear sunglasses to screen out harmful rays.
  • The heat in India tends to get unbearable, so keep yourself hydrated by drinking water frequently. Bottled water is strongly recommended.

Useful Information
  • Always carry your ID proof since it is mandatory while checking into the hotel.
  • Stay alert of impostors - porters or guides. Make sure that they are in proper uniform and are identified. Do not leave your luggage unattended.
  • Use official transporter throughout your travel.
  • Tipping is completely a personal gesture and depends on the service and assistance you get.